Day 54-56 Saint John, New Brunswick   Leave a comment

I hated to leave Hopewell Cape because I just love the Bay of Fundy.

So when we arrived in the town of Alma on our way to Saint John, we stopped for a walk along the bay and lunch. I collected pebbles so that my grandkids could make their own “inuckshuk” (an Indian trail marker).

Below are photos of when we first arrived and when we left, about 1 ½ hours apart. Notice how much the tide had come in.

Quite a difference.

Below are photos of the tide rolling in while we walked.

Above left, check out the boats sitting on “stands.” Eventually the time will come in and float them back up to the dock.

We found a swimming pool at the national park. What a view! The Bay of Fundy while you swim in a salt water pool.

As we approached the city of Saint John, The largest city in New Brunswick and our final destination of this trip, we could see the fog rolling in.

We were told that it’s normally foggy in Saint John 3 days a week. We were there for 3 days and it was foggy the entire time!

On our final motor coach tour of the city, we stopped at the Farmer’s Market.

Farmer’s markets are always interesting in different parts of the country. In this one we found yellow, green and PURPLE string beans. Yes, PURPLE! Above right, Bill is looking “perplexed” because our favorite vendor used to have his “spot” here in the market and it’s totally empty. We later found out that because his items are labeled “not massed produced in Japan, China, etc.” he was asked to remove the labels to avoid offending anyone. He refused, so he vacated and sells on the internet now. They have yet to rent “his spot.”

Next stop was the Imperial Theatre. It is a beautiful theatre for live performances, holding 900 seats.

I believe they were going to tear it down, but it has been renovated to its present, beautiful state. Absolutely gorgeous.

The phenomenon of the Reversing Falls is caused by the tremendous rise and fall of the tides of the Bay of Fundy, which are the highest in the world. As the bay tides begin to rise, they slow the course of the river and finally stop the river’s flow completely. This short period of complete calm is called slack tide. It is only at this time that boats are able to navigate the Falls. Shortly after this slack tide the bay tides become higher than the river level and slowly, at first, the river begins to flow upstream. As the bay tides continue to rise, the reverse flow gradually increases and the rapids begin to form, reaching their peak at high tide. The effect of this reversal is felt upstream as far as Fredericton, more than 80 miles inland. At this point the tidal waters are actually 14 ½ feet higher than the river.

Above right is a zip line at the falls.

The Carleton Martello Tower was built in 1815 and is one of Canada’s fourteen Martello Towers. The entrance is a little over 5 feet tall. Only 3 of our guests could walk thru without “ducking.”

We had an unscheduled stop at what we called the “haunted house.” It’s probably not haunted, but with the fog, it looked eerie.

Our final night in Saint John’s was spent at a wonderful restaurant overlooking the reversing falls.

What a great time reminiscing with our guests about the last 56 days.


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